Ram Temple ‘Bhoomi Pujan’ in Ayodhya Not Required Amid COVID-19 Pandemic, Says MNS Chief Raj Thackeray

Raj Thackeray

Mumbai, July 31: Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray on Friday said that the ‘bhoomi pujan’ ceremony of the proposed Ram temple in Ayodhya, scheduled to be held on August 5, is not required amid the COVID-19 and could be organised later when things normalised.

He also rejected Uddhav Thackeray’s suggestion for “e-bhoomi pujan” and said the ground-breaking ceremony should be held with great fervour.

Speaking to a Marathi news channel, the MNS chief said, “The bhoomi pujan is not required at this time as people are in a different mindset right now. It could have been held after two months when things normalise. People would have enjoyed the ceremony then.” Ram Temple Bhoomi Pujan: Ayodhya Houses Painted Yellow for Temple Construction Ceremony.

According to the members of the Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teertha Kshetra trust, Prime Minister Modi is likely to visit Ayodhya on August 5 for the bhoomi pujan to begin the construction of the Ram temple.

Thackeray also found faults in the way the state government handled the COVID-19 situation in Maharashtra and said that it was necessary to allay people’s fears regarding the disease.

“It is important to help people come out of this fear. The restrictions imposed by the state government, news on and messages on WhatsApp have all led to a kind of chaos. You need to make people feel relaxed,” Thackeray Ram Temple Bhoomi Pujan: Matter of Pride That PM Narendra Modi Will Lay Foundation Stone on August 5, Says Goa CM Pramod Sawant.

Expressing concerns over the financial crisis and job losses in the state, the MNS chief made a strong pitch for resumption of economic activities.

When asked about his cousin Uddhav Thackeray’s performance as a CM, the MNS chief said he had seen the Shiv Sena president “only on TV”. “I could not see his work in the last four-and-a-half to five months,” he added.

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